In a blog post today, Sega has announced that they will be pulling several of their older titles from mobile app stores over the next few weeks. According to the company, some older games don’t quite meet their standards of quality anymore, and so they’ll be removed from Google’s Play Store, Amazon’s App Store, and Samsung’s Galaxy Apps, plus the iOS App Store.
This is a pretty odd move, especially for a company that was probably still pulling in some cash from its older games, but I guess it’s better for consumers so they don’t buying up games from Sega’s back catalog only to find out that they aren’t working properly on their 2015 device. Read more
The US Court of Appeals has ruled that the NSA’s unlimited phone data collection program is illegal, claiming that the NSA exceeded its powers granted by Congress. The NSA was insdiscriminately tracking phone history, including numbers, time stamps, and call duration, which was obviously a huge breach of privacy. Chalk this ruling up as a win for common sense. Read more
Spotify is one of biggest companies at the head of digital music streaming, alongside the likes of Slacker, Pandora, and others. But it looks like the company isn’t happy with just handling music streaming and is planning on jumping into competition with companies like YouTube and Facebook on the video content front, too. Read more
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor has been the hottest processor to talk about this year, no pun intended. But despite all of the rumors about overheating issues, the company has remained mostly silent about what was going on with their flagship CPU. Qualcomm’s VP of marketing, Tim McDonough, has finally stepped up to try and explain their side of things and exactly what’s going on behind the scenes with these chips. Read more
Google I/O 2015 is shaping up to be pretty exciting, and the latest news from the conference only adds to that. Google will apparently be showing off a new Voice Access service that will allow developers to easily add ways for users to control their apps completely hands-free. Google has been pushing for voice activated stuff ever since the Google/Motorola collaboration that turned out to be the 2013 Moto X, and we’ve seen voice control make its way into other Google apps since then. Read more
When Google announced Project Fi, there were some concerns over its compatibility with Google Voice. It was clarified that if you ported your GV number over to Fi, you’d keep all of your texts, call logs, and other Voice settings, but you were going to lose tons of functionality that many users were probably familiar with, especially when it came to Google Talk and Google Voice apps. Read more
Samsung’s Galaxy J1 is a mid-range device, and one that typically doesn’t see its way onto many US carriers. However, it looks like the budget-friendly phone will find a home on Verizon’s network at some point this year. Interestingly, the normally 3G-only device appears to have 4G connectivity. Of course, you shouldn’t expect Verizon to launch any phones in 2015 without their signature 4G LTE branding, but it’s worth noting that this model will be slightly different than what Samsung has previously released. Read more
Motorola has released some support documents that seem to indicate that both the older and newer versions of the Moto X should be seeing the Android 5.1 update pretty soon. The original Moto X is currently on Android 4.4, so this update should leapfrog Google’s initial Lollipop update.
The documents show feature changes for the Moto X 2nd Gen, and the T-Mobile version of the same device. Another document does specifically mention the 1st generation device, and it obviously is seeing the bigger jump since it’s coming from KitKat. Read more
If you’ve been holding off on taking advantage of one of Motorola’s deals on the Moto X for whatever they’re planning on introducing this year, we don’t blame you. Up until now, we hadn’t really heard anything about the upcoming third-generation Moto X, however, but thanks to a new leak we’ve got an idea of what kind of hardware to expect.
This leak shows some hardware similar to the Motorola manufactured Droid Turbo, including a 5.2-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution screen, a Snapdragon 808 processor, and a crazy 4 GB of RAM. The camera looks to be a 16 megapixel shooter, and you’ll have the option between 32 and 64 GB storage options. Plus, it’s a new Motorola phone, so expect normal MotoMaker customization, too. Read more
T-Mobile has been on a roll with software updates lately. The carrier version of the Galaxy Note Edge is now officially seeing the Lollipop update OTA from T-Mobile, bringing a few features and the revamped Android software that Google introduced last year.
Unfortunately, it’s only 5.0, and not 5.1, but that’s still better than KitKat. You’ll need about 3 GB of space free for the update, but hopefully you haven’t crammed enough stuff onto your 32 GB device for that to be a problem. Read more